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Toward the Unknown (1956)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | October 1956 (USA)
At the dawn of supersonic flight in the 1950s a group of Edwards Air Force Base experimental aircraft test pilots push themselves to the limit.

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Maj. Lincoln Bond
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Connie Mitchell
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Col. 'Mickey' McKee
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Maj. Bromo Lee
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Lt. Gen. Bryan Shelby
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Lt. Col. Joe Craven
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Polly Craven
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USAF Major Lincoln Bond is captured, tortured and released from a POW camp in Korea. After the war he returns to the US where he is re-assigned as a test pilot at the Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base. The Air Force is testing the new experimental aircraft Gilbert XF-120 fighter. The acceptance of the new aircraft by the Air Force is dependent on successful tests designed to prove the aircraft's reliability and safety. However, when Major Bond flies the prototype he encounters a problem that points out a dangerous structural flaw. This could threaten the aircraft's acceptance by the Air Force and derail the whole project. Major Bond's commanding officer and some of his colleagues start to suspect that Major Bond is imagining things because of his mental condition dating back to his imprisonment and torture in the Korean POW camp. Written by nufs68

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WILLIAM HOLDEN AS A ROCKET PILOT, U.S.A. (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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October 1956 (USA)  »

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Einst kommt die Stunde  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The farewell fly-by honoring Lloyd Nolan's character was led by "Pete" Everest (Frank Everest), accompanied by Iven Kincheloe, Lou Schalk, Stu Childs and Robert M. White. All were famous Edwards AFB test pilots. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film,( Lloyd Nolan's character,)The General's combat ribbons on his uniform keep changing in number. Early in the film he has three rows of combat ribbons. Later, he has 5-rows, and then 3-rows again. See more »

Quotes

Brig. Gen. Bill Banner: [to Maj. Lincoln Bond] Even with torture, you're not the kind to crack.
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Referenced in The Story of Esther Costello (1957) See more »

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The U.S. Air Force
by Robert Crawford
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Great Flying Sequences
1 May 2003 | by (SF BayArea) – See all my reviews

This movie is seldom shown, but it's one of William Holden's most underrated pictures. The flying sequences are excellent, and well integrated into the overall story (much more so than many other movies about flying/test pilots). Holden gives a fine performance as a former test pilot who cracked under torture as a North Korean prisoner, and is searching for redemption from his peers and from himself. Highly recommended if you like this sort of film.


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